Newport News police arrest mother's boyfriend in death of child

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by 13News

WVEC.com

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 11:22 AM

Updated Saturday, May 4 at 9:11 PM

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NEWPORT NEWS - Police arrested a woman's boyfriend Friday night and charged him with murder in the death of her 4-year-old child.

Carl Michael Cottee, Jr., 23, of the 800 block of Sundown Lane in Newport News was charged with murder, child neglect and cruelty and injuries to a child.  Cottee remains in the Newport News City Jail. 

Police say the cause of death was blunt force head trauma.

According to police, Cottee was babysitting his girlfriend's daughter and called police from her home on Sundown Lane Thursday morning.

He reported the child wasn't breathing, said police spokespersson Holly McPherson.

Medics took the girl to the hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

 

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